Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia The United States imposed new sanctions on Russia after it was involved in North Korea’s intercontinental missile test on Friday (11/3) local time.
The sanctions target Russian individuals and companies after Pyongyang used its largest intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) system in two recent launches.
The sanctions, announced by the US Treasury, target two Russian nationals and three Russian companies linked to procurement activities for North Korea in its missile program.
The move comes amid fears North Korea will resume full testing of ICBMs and nuclear weapons for the first time since 2017.
The US Treasury named Russia’s Aleksandr Andreyevich Gayevoy and Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Chasovnikov, both from Vladivostok. It named the Russian companies as Apollon OOO, Zeel-M Co., Ltd, and RK Briz OOO.
“North Korea continues to launch ballistic missiles in flagrant violation of international law, posing a grave threat to global security,” US Undersecretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian Nelson said in a statement, referring to North Korea by its official name.
Today’s action responds to threats targeting a Russia-based network of individuals and entities involved in helping North Korea obtain components for its unlawful ballistic missile system.
The sanctions freeze any property owned by individuals or companies in the United States and prohibit business dealings with them.
A senior US official said North Korea had recently launched a serious escalation. The US says it is important for the international community to unite in opposing the further development of such weapons.
Past US punitive measures and international sanctions at the United Nations have failed to stop North Korea’s weapons development for years and Russia and China, which backed UN sanctions following North Korea’s last nuclear and ICBM test in 2017, have since it urged an easing of sanctions to encourage dialogue with North Korea.
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